Information for Coaches

The requirements for coaching certification for 2019 have changed. All coaches or individuals interested in coaching should familiarize themselves with the new requirements to ensure that they are compliant. NCCP, CLA and ALA have also implemented ongoing professional development and requirements to maintain certification, and all coaches should become familiar and comply with those requirements as well.

All coaches, including assistant coaches, must be properly certified by the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in order to coach lacrosse. They must also have a completed Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC) acquired in the last 3 years and provided to the ORLA for verification.

If you wish to apply to coach with the ORLA, please complete the attached form, or fill out an email including all of the same information requested, and email it to

If you have not provided the ORLA with a VSC certification in the last 3 years, please send a copy of the VSC to the same email. Note that for privacy reasons, ORLA does not keep VSC’s on hand once verified, so please maintain a copy of your VSC for any other purposes. If you are not certain if you have an up to date VSC with ORLA, please email and we will confirm.

Coaching certification for ORLA is managed in conjunction with the CDLA. Scheduling, registration and related procedures to obtain your proper NCCP certification are found here. [link] Coaches are responsible at all times to ensure they have the proper certification and failure to obtain the proper certification can result not only in suspension of the coach by the CDLA or ALA, but also result in forfeiting of games or team suspensions.

The CDLA and ALA have done a great job in recent years of providing many resources to assist experienced and more novice coaches with ideas for drills, practices and skill development all coaches are encouraged to use these assets including:

-The ALA Coach Resources Page

-Alberta Lacrosse TV which has videos of drills and practice plans

-The CDLA Coaches Resources page

All coaches are required to adhere to the ORLA Code of Conduct.

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